Charlee Bezilla

Charlee Bezilla

Charlee Bezilla

Visiting Assistant Professor of French



Charlee Bezilla is a scholar of eighteenth-century French literature and culture. She received her MA and PhD in Modern French Studies from the University of Maryland. Her research and teaching interests include eighteenth-century literature and culture, the history of science, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, and animal studies as well as colonial and postcolonial Francophone literature and French language and culture courses. Her current book project examines hybridity in the works of late-eighteenth-century French writers and natural historians. She has presented her research at the conferences of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Modern Language Association, the Society for Literatures, Sciences and the Arts, the Northeast Modern Language Association, and the American Association of Teachers of French. From 2023–2026 she is serving as a delegate to the MLA Delegate Assembly for the Middle Atlantic region.

  • Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Article: “Writers, Readers, Coders, Translators? Reflection on the VESPACE Workshop.” In Moulin, Louise, Chiara Azzaretti, Julien Le Goff, and Charlee M. Bezilla. “Part III — Literary Scholarship and Social Physics: Reading and Writing with Social Physics.” Digital Studies/Le champ numérique 13.2 (2023) 1–42. DOI:

     “Book review: Jeremy Chow, ed., Eighteenth-Century Environmental Humanities (Bucknell UP, 2022).” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 35, no. 4 (2023): 535–537.

    “Book review: Tracy Rutler, Queering the Enlightenment: Kinship and Gender in Eighteenth-Century French Literature (Oxford UP, 2021),” in Women in French Studies, vol. 30 (2022): pp. 188–90. DOI: 10.1353/wfs.2022.0018

    Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter: “Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s Carnivalesque Theater of Revolt.” In Marie Vieux Chauvet’s Theatres: Thought, Form, and Performance of Revolt, Caribbean Series, vol. 35, pp. 69–84. Edited by Christian Flaugh and Lena Taub Robles. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

    Article: “The French Wars of Religion and the Diseased, Disfigured, and Monstrous Body.” The Romance Sphere. April 7, 2018.


FR 1004: Intermediate French II

FR 3100: Introduction to French Literature

FR 3210: Medieval & Early Modern French Literature in Context

FR 3220: Modern French Literature 

FR 3600: Writing the Self: Autobiography & Autofiction in French

FR 4600: Empire, race et histoire dans le monde francophone

FR 4600: Being Human in the Eighteenth Century